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Tenure stream position in the Dept. of OS&OT

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of workplace mental health. The successful candidate will also be the inaugural Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professor in Workplace Mental Health for the first three years of the appointment.

The expected start date is January 1, 2020.  Application deadline is October 15, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Visit the Job Opportunities page for additional details, including links to apply.

Prof. Emily Nalder Examines Role of Resiliency in Students’ Mental Health

Research done by one of University of Toronto’s newest Canada Research Chairs is looking at how to foster resiliency in university students navigating mental health issues and help them to resolve issues that crop up in their daily lives.

Emily Nalder, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Resiliency and Rehabilitation in April 2019.

Resiliency can help explain how people return to their roles and activities in everyday life after unexpected events.

“Resiliency is about doing well and how you adapt to life challenges, the idea that good things or positive things can come about through adversity or challenge,” says Nalder, who is also the inaugural March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professor. “It’s important because all of us go through challenges in life and have to adapt or negotiate that in some way.”

The Tier 2 award provides $100,000 annually over a five-year term to support Nalder’s work, which focuses on community integration for people with brain injury or mental health challenges.

Read the full story by Faculty of Medicine writer Gabrielle Giroday, Faculty of Medicine Communications, August 13 2019.

Occupational Therapy Alumna Gives Back, Supporting Research in Workplace Mental Health

For Emily Geldsaler Grant (Dip OT ’47), using her occupational therapy training from the University of Toronto to help soldiers returning from World War II to adjust to life was a privilege she recalls to this day.

“I met people who could no longer be in the army, active and doing their job. But as an occupational therapist, I was able to make them feel that they could still do their part for their country, for themselves and their families, to be ready to face their future,” says Grant.

Since her days as a student, she has continued to give back to the place where her own helping journey started. Her most recent gift provides $1.5 million for the Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professorship, an endowed professorship in workplace mental health in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Read the full story by the Faculty of Medicine’s Suzanne Bowness

photo: Emily Geldsaler Grant and her late husband, Eugene Grant, courtesy of the Grant Family

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Prof. Alex Mihailidis appointed Associate VP, International Partnerships

Alex Mihailidis, a leading researcher in intelligent health systems and the use of technology to help older adults, has been appointed associate vice-president, international partnerships at the University of Toronto.

In his new role, Mihailidis will be tasked with nurturing alliances with academic and industry partners across the globe, as well as securing sponsored reserach, support for entrepreneurs and philanthropic support for the university’s academic and translation mandates from international sources. He will also promote Toronto’s thriving innovation ecosystem.

“Partnerships really strengthen the research that we’re doing here at U of T,” said Mihailidis, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering who is also cross-appointed to the department of computer science.

Read the full story from U of T News (May 9, 2019).

I.V. League of Occupational Therapists Leadership Workshop

On April 24, the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy hosted the inaugural I.V. League of Occupational Therapists Leadership Workshop for 2nd Year students in the MScOT program.
This full-day event was attended by 90 students. Using the LEADS Framework (Lead Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions, Systems Transformation), 12 occupational therapists affiliated with the MScOT program facilitated a series of intensive group sessions aimed at guiding students in the development of skills and plans for their own leadership journey as practicing occupational therapists. The final event of the day featured an inspiring panel of new graduates who shared their leadership experiences in their nascent professional practice. All in all, the day was exciting, empowering and inspiring.
The Workshop was supported through a generous donation from Irene Vrckovnik (BScOT ’83, MScOT ‘17).

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Students get hands-on learning at Bridgepoint

Second year MScOT students received out-of-the-classroom hands-on training as Bridgepoint’s Occupational Therapy team and Seating Clinic – in collaboration with Bridgepoint’s Academic Office – hosted a hands-on learning session about mobility devices for older adults. This opportunity was part of the OCT1272 (Older Adults) lab.  Read more

Job Opportunities in the Dept. of OS&OT

We are pleased to announce postings for two faculty positions in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, one tenure stream and one teaching stream.  Both positions have a start date of July 1, 2019 or shortly thereafter.  Application deadline is April 4, 2019, 11:59pm.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Visit our Job Opportunities page for details, including links to apply.

2019 OT2 Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 OT2 awards, recognizing outstanding merit in the MScOT program. The awards were given on January 31.

Toronto Cathay Lions Club Scholarship in OT

This award recognizes the student who obtained the highest standing in the first year of the program. This year’s recipient is Martina Sykula.  

Image of Prof. Susan Rappolt, Martina Sykula, and Prof. Jill Stier

Isobel Robinson Award

This award recognizes Ms. Robinson’s (Director of OT Program, 1967-1981) contribution to U of T, and is presented to the student who obtains high academic standing in the first year of the program with strong fieldwork evaluations. This year’s recipient is Laura van DaeleImage of Prof. Susan Rappolt, Laura van Daele, and Prof. Jill Stier

Eleanor B. Krangle Award in Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

This award will be given to a student in the Department who demonstrates socially conscious contributions to the University community. This year’s recipient is Janany Jeyasundaram.
Image of Prof. Susan Rappolt, Jenany Jeyasundaram, and Prof. Jill Stier

Peter Rappolt Family Scholarship in Occupational Performance and Wellbeing

This award supports new research in occupational science and occupational therapy, focused on mental health, developmental delay, caregiving, community integration, cognitive assessments and interventions, environmental adaptations, translating research evidence into practice, or examining how the health and social systems can meet complex needs. This year’s recipients are Amy Yang and Martina Sykula.

Image of Prof. Susan Rappolt, Amy Yang, Martina Sykula, and Prof. Jill Cameron

 

PT & OT Alumni Achievement Award Nominations: February 28 Deadline

The year 2019 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Achievement Awards. The PT and OT Alumni Achievement Awards, first awarded in June 1996, acknowledge graduates who have made exceptional contributions as members of the Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy professions. Alumni or members of the public may nominate a University of Toronto graduate in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy for this award. Each year, one alumnus from Physical Therapy and one alumnus from Occupational Therapy receive the award at the Alumni Reunion held in June.

The February 28 deadline for the 2019 PT & OS&OT Alumni Achievement Award Nominations is approaching fast!

To submit a nomination, download and complete a Nomination Package from the PT-OT Alumni Association website.  Nominations will be accepted until 12:00 noon on February 28.

Contact ptotalumni.facmed@utoronto.ca for more information.